SAT 10 SEP – A – Leeds, Att. 28,514, 0 – 1, W
TUE 13 SEP – A – Brighton, Att. 24,166, 1 – 0, L
SAT 17 SEP – H – QPR, Att. 20,595, 2 – 1, W
SAT 24 SEP – A – Reading, Att. 17,030, 1 – 0, L
TUE 27 SEP – H -Rotherham, Att. 18,808, 2 – 1, W
Before I knew it September had arrived and gone, and as the leaves begin to change colour, Town fans could have been forgiven that our current form may follow suit, turning yellow & brown, gently falling from the top of the Tree.
Then again, this isn’t the same Huddersfield Town we have been so used too.
Up first for the Terriers was Leeds United, away. Buoyed by the memorable victory in the same fixture last season and an unbeaten start to this seasons league campaign Town visited their neighbours full of belief and confidence. Whilst their hosts, on the other hand, had a manager supposedly a loss away from picking up his P45 and spending Monday mornings in the job centre.
Leeds would set-up to try and simply cope with Huddersfield, rarely threatening. Like most modern Derby’s the result would balance finely between a moment of controversy and brilliance, on this occasion we would be treated to both and surrounding the same player in both instances. Aaron Mooy would be guilty of a rash lunge and wonder-strike, with Town enjoying the eventual outcome of both, having only seen a yellow card for his tough tackle and the net ripple to give Town all 3 points.
Town would suffer their first defeat of the season at the hands of Brighton. As the lightning bolts lit up the West Yorkshire skyline, the same couldn’t be said of events that unfolded down at the Amex. A match of few clear-cut chances, the game appeared as though the spoils would be shared, with the traveling fans bringing home a point as well as some rock.
This was until Brighton danger man Anthony Knockaert squeezed a deflected low shot through the clutches of Town shot stopper Danny Ward late into the game leaving no time for Town to respond, even the introducing of Michael Hefele wasn’t enough.
The Terriers would then play host to a wounded QPR, but if they expected any mercy then the London side were very mistaken. QPR were bereft of ideas, constantly seeking out a frustrated Washington who found life against Schindler and Hudson very difficult. In comparison Town wouldn’t be resigned to their short passing, often seeking out a much more direct ball out to either full-back, a pattern that would lead to both of Town’s goals. Town were full of invention through the front 4 of Wells, VLP, Kachunga and Palmer, who were constantly changing position to unsettle an ageing QPR back line.
Town would suffer a second defeat of the month. VLP would receive two yellow cards in quick succession, whilst his compatriot Beerens had a more memorable afternoon, sealing the victory in the 41st-minute. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Town were still recognisable in their identity, continuing to press the Reading back line, desperately trying to find the equaliser their efforts so duly deserved.
Just like their game against QPR Town would follow a defeat with a Home win. Goals from Elias Kachunga and Nahki Wells sent Town back to the top of the tree in this season first Tuesday night game down at the John Smith’s. Yet another explosive start from David Wagner’s men saw Kachunga give his side an early lead when the striker poked home from close range. The returning Danny Ward would score Rotherham’s equaliser against the run of play before Wells restored the advantage towards the end of the first-half.
STILL top of the league. 11 games in with 5 out of 5 at home and an immediate reaction to both of our defeats. Wins over local rivals Leeds and Rotherham. Lessons learnt from too away games.
Not a bad September.
Ooh to be a…